Mugging, assault captured on police camera

Officers make two quick arrests; recover stolen cellphone

April 04, 2011|By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun

When three men attacked, punched and robbed a man of his cellphone near downtown last weekend, the muggers apparently forgot about the hundreds of surveillance cameras watching over many of Baltimore's street corners.

One of them captured the mugging, and police quickly arrested two men and recovered the stolen cellphone from a suspect's pants pocket.

Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III told the story at a budget presentation Monday, in part to argue for the necessity of the camera program.

The attack occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday on Park Avenue near Liberty Street, about two blocks west of Charles Street and near a major hotel. The victim and friends had just left an apartment on West Fayette Street when a man approached and said, "Give me everything in your pockets."

A police report says that one of the men then punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground and causing a cut to his left eye and chin. Another man took the victim's $400 Droid cellphone from his pants pocket.

The victim's friend called police, and officers staffing the CitiWatch Center on North Howard Street found the mugging on videotape. They quickly broadcast a description and within minutes, officers had detained two suspects on Light Street.

Police declined to release the video because it is evidence in a pending case.

Davontay Thompson, 19, of the 3200 block of Kelox Road in Gwynn Oak was charged with robbery and assault and was ordered held Monday on $100,000 bail. Kareem Colvin, 21, of the 2600 block of Purnell Drive, also in Gwynn Oak, also was charged with robbery and assault. He was being held on $250,000 bail.

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